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As peacemakers, our mission is to move the world.

Engage with us in a conversation that is central to our mission here at Iona: how to advance peace and justice in our time so that those on the margins of society may thrive.  The Peace and Justice Studies minor is interdisciplinary, drawing from different subject areas that lend unique and critical perspectives into some of our most challenging global issues. You’ll explore a variety of disciplines including religious studies, economics, political science, sociology and philosophy, and discover your role as a peacemaker on a mission to move the world.

The Peace and Justice Studies program is centered on ethical decision making and problem solving from a broad range of perspectives. You’ll explore relevant and timely issues such as:

  • War and the arms race
  • Social, racial and gender equality
  • Economic and environmental justice
  • Causes and resolution of conflicts
  • Philosophies of nonviolence
  • Strategies for community and cultural empowerment
  • Religious foundations for peace and social justice

Careers on the path of peace and justice

The Peace and Justice Studies program attracts students from many different majors, who have a wide variety of academic and career goals. As a student, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the many dimensions of peace and justice advocacy through internships and field experiences, taking advantage of Iona’s connections with organizations such as:
  • WATER (Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual), Washington, DC
  • FCNL (Friends Committee for National Legislation), Washington, DC
Our students have gone on to law school as well as graduate programs in the humanities and pre-professional degrees. Graduates have also pursued careers at the United Nations and a variety of not-for-profit organizations.

Activists in Action

On and off campus, Iona’s Peace and Justice Studies students are active and visible advocates for peace and social justice. For example, students have participated in:
  • Iona’s student-led Students for Peace organization, which sponsors campus-wide events and programming
  • Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL) Spring Lobby Weekend in Washington, DC
  • Peaceful protest of the Iraq war when a presidential candidate visited campus
  • Visit to NY Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office to voice concerns about appropriations to the Department of Defense

Course spotlight

Catholicism in the Contemporary World: Peace and Social Justice

This course introduces students to the concepts of peace and social justice from a religious perspective, particularly through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.   Often, this course becomes the catalyst for students who want to further their study of peace and social movements, inspiring them to take the next step toward the Peace and Justice Studies minor.